Learning to Manage Global Environmental Risks
The Social Learning Group
Adler, Dept. of Int'l Relations, Hebrew Univ. of
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Harrison Prog. on the Future Global Agenda, Univ. of MD
Crutzen, Nobel Laureate, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry
Elizabeth R. DeSombre,
Dept. of Political Science, Wellesley College
Dowlatabadi, Sustainable Dev. Res. Inst., Univ. of British Columbia
ISIS: Journal of the History of Science
K. Jacobson, Dept. of Political Science, Univ. of
Jehlicka, Institute of International Relations, Prague
Keohane, Dept. of Political Science, Duke Univ.
John Klancko, Klancko & Klancko, LLC
Luhmann, Wuppertal Inst. for
Climate, Environment, Energy
Umar Karim Mirza,
Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Mitchell, Dept. of Political Science, Univ. of Oregon
Molina, Nobel Laureate, Dept. of Chem., Mass. Inst. of Technology
Richardson, Birch Assessment Services for Info. on
Sabatier, Dept. of Env. Science & Policy, Univ.
of California at Davis
Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research
Hein-Anton van der Heijden,
Dept. of Political Science, Univ. of Amsterdam
Young, Inst. on Int'l Environmental Governance,
"This two-volume analysis of three
environmental issues in ten countries over several decades
represents an incredible achievement of collaborative scholarship.
Out of it has emerged the most detailed analysis of social
learning--changes in people's understanding of each issue's causes,
impacts, and policy options--and the role of scientists, the media,
governmental institutions, and interest groups in creating these
changes. This is
clearly a tour de force in the policy learning literature."
- Paul Sabatier, Department of Environmental Science and Policy,
University of California, Davis
"The findings of this vast study have
fascinating and significant implications for scholarship and public
policy. It is a must read for anyone who is interested in
constructively addressing global environmental problems."
- Harold K. Jacobson, Jesse Siddal Reeves Professor of Political
Science, Senior Research Scientist, and Adjunct Professor of Law,
University of Michigan
"Efforts to illuminate the interplay between
ideas and human actions will occupy us for the indefinite future. But these long-awaited volumes not only break new ground in
this area; they literally define the field with regard to global
- Oran R. Young, Director, Institute on International Environmental
Governance, Dartmouth College
"A landmark achievement. Learning to Manage Global Environmental Risks is the best,
most comprehensive, and most in-depth analysis of humanity's first
steps in the process of learning how to manage global environmental
change. Theoretically sophisticated and empirically rich, this study
sets the standard for all future multidisciplinary scientific
research on the complex interaction between knowledge, power,
society, and the global environment."
- Emanuel Adler, Department of International Relations, The Hebrew
University of Jerusalem
"Learning to Manage Global Environmental
Risks is an impressively detailed analysis of policy change, across
many countries and through global institutions, on three key
environmental issues. It
will stand as a monument to highly collaborative interdisciplinary
research in the social sciences."
- Robert O. Keohane, James B. Duke Professor of Political Science,
"This overview of how some of the most
critical regional and global problems have been handled
internationally and in selected nations is illuminating reading.
Much can be learned from it by the whole spectrum of actors,
from policy makers to expert environmental scientists."
- Paul Crutzen, Nobel Laureate, Atmospheric Chemistry Division, Max
Planck Institute for Chemistry
"This book is an extremely valuable reference
for scientists like myself who become involved with broad
assessments of environmental problems and thus require appropriate
historical, social, and political perspectives that transcend the
- Mario Molina, Nobel Laureate, Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of
"There are multiple ways the authors could have organized
the information presented here, and one of the most important
aspects of this project may be what s not reported. So much work,
for so many years, went into gathering systematic data for this
study that the archives, stored at Harvard University, are likely to
be invaluable to future generations of dissertation writers.
Impelled perhaps by publishing necessity or the attention spans of
potential readers, the authors and editors have had to seriously
simplify the presentation of materials, and have taken only two
passes of what could have been many through the information (by
country and by function). By doing so they have demonstrated
precisely what their volumes overall argue: How information is
presented influences precisely what you can do with it. With these
volumes, our understanding of the geography of global atmospheric
problems expands considerably."
- DeSombre, Elizabeth R. 2002. "A Review of Learning
to Manage Global Environmental Risks, vols. 1 & 2." American
Political Science Review 96 (3): 681-682.
"This landmark study of the interaction between human
societies and the environment is a result of a major international
social scientific project on environmental change. The main
contribution of this research to the advancement of knowledge on
global environmental risks is related to the systematic examination
of cross-arena and cross-issue interactions. The two chapters on
former socialist countries are particularly revealing and fill the
gap in literature on Eastern European countries' approaches to
global environmental issues. The customary highly praising back
cover "blurbs" are fully justified here."
- Jehlicka, Petr. 2002. "Learning to Manage Global
Environmental Risks Volume 1/Volume 2
of International Relations & Development 5 (4): 473-477.
"This two-volume set identifies, explores, and maps an
exciting new frontier in the social science of global environmental
politics. The project is truly staggering in scope. The research
agenda delineated in the introduction, the conclusion, and the two
cross-cutting chapters should become a starting point for scholars
and graduate students interested in global environmental politics. Learning
to Manage Global Environmental Risks identifies critical
questions, interesting themes, provocative
hypotheses, tantalizing parallels, and surprising contrasts
regarding how national and international society make progress in
global environmental management. It brings together compelling
analytic tools; provides rich accounts of development of both
science and politics in ozone depletion, acid rain, and climate
change; and develops useful insights into how and why these issues
developed as they did. Most importantly, it focuses our attention
not only on how we manage global environmental risks but on the
higher level phenomena of social learning, i.e., how—at a societal
level—we improve our ability to manage those risks."
- Mitchell, Ronald B. 2002. "Book Review: The Social Learning
Group. 2001. Learning to Manage Global Environmental Risks, vols.
1 & 2." Global Environmental Politics 2 (2):
"What renders the book outstanding is the attempt to
simultaneously analyze the influence of ideas, interests,
institutions, actors, and their interactions on the actual practices
which societies addressed these issues. in summary, the book must be
seen as a milestone in the study of social learning in the field of
global environmental problems. It excels through its thorough
analyses based on a clear an methodologically reflected conceptual
framework, through its international scope, through its innovative
cross-cutting analysis of the different cases and the different
management functions and through the internal coherence throughout
the contributions. The Social Learning Group produced a must-read
for anybody interested in international environmental policy."
- Siebenhüner, B. 2002. "Review of: Learning to manage
global environmental risks: a comparative history of social
responses to climate change, ozone depletion and acid rain."
Ecological Economics 42 (3): 495-497.
"These two volumes address a considerable number of
difficult issues in a pragmatic easy-to-read format. [They] form an
extremely valuable reference for scientists who become involved with
broad assessments of environmental problems and thus require
appropriate historical, social, and political perspectives that
transcend natural sciences. At GBP 20.50 per volume they are amazing
good value for money."
- Richardson, Mervyn. 2002. "Learning to Manage Global
Environmental Risks (Book)." International Journal of
Environmental Studies: Sections A & B 59 (6): 728-731.
"This vast, dense, and richly engaging study examines
long-term policy trajectories on acid rain, stratospheric ozone
depletion, and climate change in several countries. In doing so, it
breaks important new ground in the effort to understand national
responses to global challenges. The unprecedented complexity of
global environmental change demands new models of scholarly
collaboration as well as new forms of knowledge integration, a
direction in which these volumes take a strong and confident
- Conca, Ken. 2002. "New
Publications: Learning to Manage Global Environmental Risks (2
vols)." Environmental Change and Security Project Report
"The value of these two volumes is the global perspective
that they provide. Both volumes are useful and important works of
scholarship and will prove to be very valuable additions to our body
of environmental management knowledge."
- Klancko, Robert John. 2002. "Book Reviews: Learning to
Manage Global Environmental Risks, Volumes 1 and 2." Environmental
Practice 4 (2) (June): 115-117.
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in Society 93 (3): 551-552.
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2003. "Review of: Learning to Manage Global Environmental
Risks Volume 1: A Comparative History of Social Responses to Climate
Change, Ozone Depletion, and Acid Rain Volume 2: A Functional
Analysis of Social Responses to Climate Change, Ozone Depletion, and
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Harremoës et al.: The Precautionary Principle in the 20th
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Perspectives in Science, Humanities, and Economics 12 (1):
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"This book certainly is an excellent inter-disciplinary
venture presenting detailed analysis of policy changes across the
nations and through global institutions on three key environmental
issues. Learning to Manage Global Environmental Risks should
be required reading for a wide spectrum of professionals ranging
from scientists to policy researchers, and from politicians to
lawmakers. This book possesses great value to anyone who wishes to
be informed on how the idea of managing global environmental risks
has evolved over time."
- Mirza, Umar Karim. 2002. "Review:
Learning to Manage Global
Environmental Risks (Book)." Electronic Green
"Learning to manage global environmental risks is a
major achievement in environmental studies. It combines a highly
sophisticated theoretical and analytical framework with an
unparalleled wealth of data. The social-constructionist perspective
is a self-evident point of departure and this study could be
conceived of a a major advancement in discourse analysis."
- van der Heijden, Hein-Anton. 2002. "Risk Management or
Environmental Politics?" Environmental Politics 11 (2):
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